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Summer Bay's hothead

Sydney Morning Herald - January 28, 2008


When Home And Away first went to air in 1988, Mark Furze was just two years old.

When the series returns this week, his character Ric Dalby will be one of the longest running on the show.

It is, Furze is the first to admit, a slightly surreal state of affairs and one he never dreamed would happen.

"I only worked out a couple of weeks ago that after Ray [Meagher, who play's Alf], I'm the longest-serving guy on the show," he said.

"I remember when I was at school watching the show and seeing Irene's beach house and thinking 'Wow, that's a really cool set. I'd love to be there one day' and now I'm doing it.

"When I got the call to say they wanted to offer me the part I was still at school ... It's quite scary when I think about it - I haven't even been there that long; it's just coming up to four years now."

Four very busy years, that is.

Ric Dalby is Home And Away's resident hothead, the character most likely to wind up in a fight, be caught kissing the wrong girl or just generally land himself in trouble.

When he arrived at Summer Bay, Ric had (so his backstory would have us believe) just been expelled from the nearby Yabby Creek High.

Since then he's had differences of opinion or just plain fist fights with a score of Summer Bay locals and drifters, he's managed to annoy most of the regular characters and after one particularly violent encounter even wound up in jail facing a murder charge.

And Furze wouldn't have him any other way.

"If it was up to me it'd be fight scenes every week," Furze said.

"I know it doesn't really comply with the timeslot but anything with action is just the best to shoot.

"Stunts are a lot of fun, a lot more challenging than just sitting in the studio and luckily with Ric being the character he is, I imagine there will be a lot more of that kind of stuff to come.

"I'm stoked with him, I reckon he's great."

And yes, he admitted, it doesn't hurt that Ric is also the one most likely to find himself the centre of attention for whichever girl arrives in Summer Bay.

If nothing else it has given him some unique closure for a past relationship.

"I've had the best revenge on a girl who broke up with me because I got a part on her favourite TV show so now she has to see me all the time," Furze says.

"I couldn't have wished for a better payback."

Home And Away, Weekdays, 7pm, Seven.

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Thanks for the article :)

Mark's revenge on his ex :lol:

I must admit that I don't really mind his long hair anymore. Well, as long as there's some volume. If it's flat down against his head, then it looks like a cow has been licking it down. And that just looks disgusting :blink:

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